After his fiancée is gunned down by terrorists in the initially happy opening scene (saw that coming), a young man signs up for counterterrorism lessons from a former Navy Seal (a scene-stealing Michael Keaton). With its exploitative, increasingly ludicrous plot every bit as unimaginative as the title, and its seizure-inducing machismo, this ultraviolent, generic Little League Bourne systematically checks off all the espionage-thriller boxes. Ultimately it comes off as a blatant shot at building an action franchise around the likable young Dylan O’Brien, from Maze Runner. Good luck with that. (112 min, from June 29)
About Don Morton
Don Morton has viewed some 6,000 movies, frequently awake. A bachelor and avid cyclist, he currently divides his time between Tokyo and a high-tech 4WD super-camper somewhere in North America.